Entrepreneurship & Changemaking Activators Program

What is the E&C Activators Program?

The Entrepreneurship & Changemaking (E&C) Activators are six part-time, year-long positions offered to some of SFU’s most promising student changemakers.

ABOUT THE E&C Activators PROGRAM

Our ‘On the Ground’ Student Experts

Over the span of one year, they are developing student engagement strategies to introduce their peers to a broad suite of curricular and community-based innovation and entrepreneurship programs offered by SFU. Additionally, Activators are provided with opportunities to build their personal and professional leadership capacities through mentorship and conference opportunities. Serving as our ‘on the ground’ student experts, the E&C Activators are on track to educate over 1,000 SFU students about entrepreneurship and changemaking opportunities through research projects, events, booth hosting, and classroom presentations.

To get in touch with the Activators about their experiences, you can contact them at ec-activators@sfu.ca. If you have any questions about the E&C Activators program, you can email Zoya Jiwa, Coordinator of Education Programs at RADIUS at zjiwa@radiussfu.com.

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Meet the 2017-2018 E&C Activators!

Hey everyone! Social innovation, community impact, and changemaking are my passions. Alongside my BBA in Finance, I am pursuing the Charles Chang Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Having grown up in Zimbabwe, I got to see the direct impacts that social entrepreneurship can have, and this is where my WHY stems from. I want to play my part in bettering the life of anyone within my reach through social entrepreneurship.

Currently, I am involved in a number of clubs in SFU, namely, Enactus SFU, CaseIT, and JDC West.  Outside of school, I have had the privilege of co-founding a charity – and more recently, a think tank – for young African entrepreneurs, leaders, and changemakers. This is a group for individuals who want to bring impactful change and development to the continent.

I applied for the E&C Activators program so that I could share my passion with other people. I believe that having an innovative, entrepreneurial mind is beneficial asset regardless of what career path you chose to go into; therefore, the impact I want to have is to see more students from different faculties taking advantage of the entrepreneurship opportunities at SFU.

Hi, everyone! My curiosity for social entrepreneurship and changemaking over the past few years has led me to countless opportunities; from speaking to CEO’s and presidents of Fortune 500 companies to getting my hands dirty by leading over 140 student changemakers as Enactus SFU’s President. In my spare time, I am a full-time student at Simon Fraser University, completing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Education. I am constantly striving to empower students to realize that they have the ability to make significant change in the world; they just have to try. I wanted to join the Activator’s program to create an avenue for younger students to get involved in the SFU innovation sphere. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Hello, everyone! My name is Khayla Almonte-Davila, and I’m a BBA candidate with a concentration in Marketing and an entrepreneurial mind. I began my changemaking journey when I joined Enactus SFU in my second year, teaching at-risk youth about financial literacy. Shortly after, I discovered the wonders of RADIUS SFU through the Social Innovation Speaker Series in March 2016, where I was introduced to the Semester in Development. This program allowed me to intern in Kampala, Uganda, for a social enterprise called Sawa World on the Marketing and Partnership Development Team. I was able to learn from local entrepreneurs who teach local youth about innovative solutions to help them become financially capable and surpass the poverty line.

In my fourth year, I enrolled in Health Change Lab, where my team and I worked on a refugee resettlement venture. I went one step further with this venture and developed the business model through the RADIUS Trampoline Program. To dig even deeper and learn more about the challenges of refugee resettlement, I participated in the Oxford Skoll Global Challenge (now called the  ‘Map the System Challenge’), luckily placing as an SFU finalist.

Finally, I’m exploring environmental sustainability through my role as a volunteer blog writer at Embark Sustainability.  The E&C Activators Program sparked my interest because I wanted to show business students that there can be a bridge between what we learn as BBA candidates and creating social change; there are opportunities within social innovation where our skills are incredibly useful. Through this program, I’m excited to support the programs and courses that embody social innovation and provide more opportunities for students to dip their hands into this realm. Ultimately, I wish to influence the curriculum at the Beedie School of Business to incorporate social issues and to put a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship.

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Hi there! I’m currently pursuing a joint Major in Business and Interactive Arts & Technology (Marketing & Design).  I have been involved with Enactus SFU since I was in my first year. I started as a graphic designer for a program called Hunger Actions, where we taught low-income mothers about financial literacy and healthy cooking. Currently, I am the Project Manager for Soap for Hope, non-profit social enterprise that collects and sanitizes gently used bar soaps from hotels and upcycles them into liquid hand soap. Partnered with a non-profit organization, we work towards providing wages and transitional work opportunities to marginalized individuals who help with production, all while diverting reusable materials from the waste stream. I have also been a mentor for the BASS Mentorship Program and a BASS FROSH leader! I am also going to be a team host for CaseIT 2018. In my spare time, I love attending live music concerts, collecting vinyl records, exploring Vancouver, reading, and playing video games. My curiosity drives me to learn more about things I’m not familiar with and discover new experiences!

Hi, world! I’m focusing on Media Arts and Digital Marketing alongside my Business and Interactive Arts & Technology degree. I was inspired to apply for the E&C Activators Program because of my experience of participating in the Oxford Global Challenge – now known as the ‘Map the System Challenge’- which led me to enrol in an interdisciplinary, semester-long program called Health Change Lab (HCL).  Map the System offered a learning opportunity to research any problem and analyze what gaps exist that the current solution wasn’t addressing. In addition to this concept of problem analysis, I enrolled in Health Change Lab as a way to supplement my learning as it emphasized a further continuation to work with this sort of concept. Throughout my HCL journey, it really taught me that the concept of change making was not just the results of my efforts for a project, but it’s something that you will see and feel as an individual and your role in a team. I want my impact to show students that change making is also based on the journey they take. It starts with the person who wants to make the change, understanding their own character and the role they play, to create a future they want to see.

Hi everyone! I’m currently in my 4th year in the Faculty of Health Sciences, concentrating in the Population and Quantitative Sciences. I also work as the current President of two student groups: UNICEF SFU and Project Pulse Vancouver. My passions lie within humanitarian advocacy, educational development, and exploring ways to create health improvements (particularly in the realms of mental health). In my free time, I enjoy eating good food, lifting weights, and listening to podcasts.

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Equipping students to become changemakers

The E&C Activators program is supported by SFU Innovates and the Beedie School of Business. It is co-delivered by RADIUS and Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection.